Hasselblad Goes Retail

Hasselblad just launched its first-ever retail outlet. The company, famous for over half a century for its world-leading, technically advanced, medium format cameras for high-end professional and amateur photographers – and now with an additional portfolio of consumer cameras for photo-enthusiasts worldwide – will opened for business in Tokyo’s fashionable Harajuku area on September 14.…

We like Leica

Leica Camera just announced the Leica C, the first model of a new line of Leica digital compact cameras that every stylish, fashion-forward consumer will want to own. A first in Leica’s impressive history of compact cameras, the Leica C camera offers Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) which not only allows for remote access…

PlanOn SlimScan the Tiny Scanner

PlanOn has just introduced  the world’s first credit card-sized portable full color scanner that lets you scan and organize receipts and business cards on the road. A full-featured, powerful, tiny high resolution color scanner so small (dimensions: 2” x 3.1” x .12”) and light that it easily fits into your wallet or credit card holder…

The Camera to Take With You

My first serious digital camera was a Nikon D1x, a professional DSLR,  boasting interchangeable lenses and a bit more than 5 million pixels (mp). I recall standing beside someone shooting with a compact digital camera that was 8 mp, but with an owner with pixel envy. As we talked, he commented that his camera was…

Touit Lens a Winner

The Touit 2.8/12 camera lens for mirrorless system cameras from Sony and Fujifilm has been honored by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). This award is presented for products that combine particularly innovative technologies with high-quality performance and design features. In 2013, a ZEISS camera lens was selected as the best in its class.…

Lewis Hine Stamps – Made in America

The contributions of America’s industrial-era workers are memorialized on a new sheet of Forever stamps titled Made in America: Building a Nation. Eleven of the stamps in the series feature Lewis Hine photos of men and women at work in their trades. The stamps were dedicated at the Department of Labor by Postmaster General Patrick…

Smartphones are Maturing

As smartphones come of age and consumers start to take the built in cameras more seriously, third party suppliers are catching on to the trends and are providing users with accessories that let photographers take their smartphones to the next level. Two companies that have addressed new possibilities offer products (iPhone only) to professional and…

Change Cameras, Keep your Lenses

Sigma is introducing a new service that enables photographers, who have purchased specific Sigma lenses to switch their mounts on their lenses. Ranging in price from $80 to $250, depending on the lens, the service allows photographers to convert to Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Micro Four Thirds and Sony Emount and includes return shipping to the…

Cute Books

If you are getting frustrated with looking at “files” instead of photos, Artifact Uprising, an internet-based company, creates beautiful keepsakes from digital photos. Driven by a mission to move stories off devices and into your life, Artifact Uprising offers a product suite that is striking in both its minimalistic design and eco-friendly roots. Social media…

Leaf Credo Just Got Faster

With Mamiya Leaf’s release of new firmware for its Credo backs and Mamiya 645DF+ cameras, they have taken a giant step forward in enabling the use of USB 3.0. The new Firmware Updater utility also simplifies the updating of firmware in the camera and the digital back, making future updates a simple task. Also new…

SLR > DSLR > DSLM

The direction many consumers are going is to opt for cameras that are small and light. In other words, cameras that you can shove in your pocket or purse, cameras that you actually use, not the heavy cameras that you think you need. The mirrorless style is quickly being adopted by many pros as their…

Goodbye Neopan 400 and more…

Fujifilm announces discontinuations In acknowledgment to recent speculation surrounding film discontinuations, Fujifilm Professional has confirmed that a number of its films have ceased production. The affected films are: 1. Fujifilm Neopan 400 35mm black and white film 2. Fujichrome Provia 400X 35mm and 120 colour transparency film 3. Fujifilm Superia 400 120 medium format colour negative…

World’s Smallest Full Page Color Scanner

PlanOn System Solutions Inc. www.planon.com, the world leader in scanning and printing solutions for the mobile professional, announced today the ScanStik SK600V, the world’s smallest full page color scanner, now with VoiceNotes and Bluetooth connectivity to send scans with voice recordings to Bluetooth phones and tablets or computers with the included USB cable.  Pen-sized, fast and easy to use, ScanStik SK600V is…

Transcend Introduces New Solid State Drive

Transcend Information, Inc. has just introduced the HSD740 half-slim SATA III 6Gb/s solid state drive (SSD). Featuring the latest SATA specification, Transcend’s HSD740 SATA III half-slim SSD delivers peak performance in industrial grade standards, yet offers significantly smaller dimensions and superior long-term reliability than 2.5” form factor hard disk drives. SSD Performance and Applications Transcend’s…

WHAT??

Kidz Gear www.GearForKidz.com, the award-winning Grown-up Performance, Built for Kids! brand, announced today that it has been named a 2013 National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) Gold winner, recognized for its KidzControl Volume Limit Headphones. NAPPA’s independent, expert judges and parent testers evaluated hundreds of submissions for their innovation, safety, quality and the degree to which…

The Perfect Tripod?

The perfect tripod is rugged, offers rock solid stability, is compact, light, extends very high and can be made to shoot almost at ground level. It has to have a head that allows unrestricted movements and smooth operation. The legs have to open in an instant and close just as fast. The perfect tripod does…

End of an Era

Hasselblad is to cease production of its 503CW model – the last V System camera in the company’s portfolio. The decision, which comes into immediate effect, brings to an end over a half century of evolution of the company’s original camera line. Dr. Larry Hansen, Hasselblad Chairman and CEO said: “Everything has its place in…

Panasonic Introduces Lumix DMC-G6

Panasonic announced the new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless LUMIX DMC-G6 (G6) that captures high quality photos and Full HD videos. With the Wi-Fi® connectivity with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, users can connect the camera to their smartphone/tablet anywhere with one-touch, which makes sharing images much easier. It is also possible to use a smartphone/tablet…